Enterprise Linux Log

Mar 28 2007   12:13PM GMT

GPLv3 Dicscussion Draft out now



Posted by: ITKE
Tags:
Legal, licensing issues

You can head on over the the Free Software Foundation to read the whole thing, or check the highlights below.

Changes in this draft include:

  • First-time violators can have their license automatically restored if they remedy the problem within thirty days.
  • License compatibility terms have been simplified, with the goal of making them easier to understand and administer.
  • Manufacturers who include the software in consumer products must also provide installation information for the software along with the source. This change provides more narrow focus for requirements that were proposed in previous drafts.
  • New patent requirements have been added to prevent distributors from colluding with patent holders to provide discriminatory protection from patents

Novell, predictably, has a response to the GPLv3 up on their PR blog. Later this week, I’ll be speaking with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com legal beagle Tom Carey about the changes, so stay tuned for more.

UPDATE @ 2:33 EST: Simon Phipps over at Sun Microsystems weighs in as well. He likes the SaaS parts and the reshuffling of the DRM section, but admits there’s more to learn from this document over the next few months.

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